“The Nucleus is a long-lived rock/funk/psychedelic jamband with guitarist Piet Dalmolen, bassist Steve Webb and drummer Pete Ciotti at the core. The three musicians all grew up in small towns around Ithaca, NY. When Dalmolen came west to study music at HSU, Webb and Ciotti followed and they ended up living together in a house in Arcata. There was a spare room for their instruments — jamming recommenced. Back in the day Dalmolen described the Nucleus sound as “a hybrid going down the middle of rock and groove jazz. We pump it up, and we play a lot of three or four chord songs and sing our asses off; that feels totally like rock ‘n’ roll to me.” And that’s pretty much been the story all along. But to me, they’ve always been Arcata’s top jamband, and this weekend The Nuke is back — full force — for a two-night run Friday and Saturday at the Jambalaya with old friends Brian Swizlo and Lenny Pettinelli adding a dual keyboard component.”
“Evolution is a wonderful thing. Arcata, California's The Nucleus began their life as an instrumental, jazz-tinged, Tortoise-y entity in the early 2000s, but somewhere along the way they dropped a tail and grew some claws to become one of the sturdiest, gutsy young rock bands in the Golden State today. The evidence of their transformation overflows on their new album Quicksand, which kicks with a vibe and energy that blends elements of Traffic, The Black Crowes, Leon Russell and God Street Wine – a classic rock feel with a jam-wise stretching of basic song forms, even dipping into Weezer-esque pop territory on "No More Anything" and "King of the World." The current lineup of Piet Dalmolen (guitar, vocals), Steve Webb (bass), Pete Ciotti (drums) and Lenny Petinnelli (keyboards) plays with harnessed power and gliding boogie, whipping one around in a most delightful way. ”
“Ithaca is now home to the eccentric but promising quartet Nucleus which, since its relocation from Arcata, California, has played various Eastern seaboard states and has released a fine, diverse album, Live From the Center. With a name like Nucleus you might expect the band to have a defined sound and overt structure, and in a strange way they do—it encompasses just about everything. Rock and jazz are the backbone but their exploratory instrumental excursions and quirky songs cross over into many musical spheres, seemingly at will. Saxophone plays a prominent role in the improvisations, as do intricate rhythmic changes. Vocally, Nucleus is better than your average jamband. The six-song Live From the Center offers much promise from these accomplished players. Certainly a group to check out if you are into Phish, moe. or Umphrey’s McGee.”
“Song after song, The Nucleus delivers musical hooks and contagious rock melodies on this CD that are sure to leave listeners thirsting for more.”
"Love and Gold" instantly feels like a modern classic."